The CEO and I just bought annuals for lining the front walk, as we do every year. We’re partial to blue salvia, enormous marigolds, and zinnias. But this time I also bought two heliotrope plants because their smell enchanted me.
I know that they’ve long been known as “cherry pie” plants, particularly in the UK. And they do smell great: fruity, sweet, almost yeasty under their floral topnote. In fact, they smell to me not so much like cherry pie as they do like jam-filled doughnuts.
I like heliotrope, but often find it a little… chalky? flat?… in fragrance. It occurs to me just now that I don’t think I own any heliotrope-featuring fragrances at the moment. I divested myself of L’Heure Bleue and Aimez-Moi, and even of my small bottle of Soivohle Lilacs & Heliotrope. The only thing I still have that has noticeable heliotrope presence is a decant of pre-refo Apres l’Ondee. I think I have a sample of Etro Heliotrope somewhere, too, but that one was flat, without the charm and sparkle of real heliotrope flowers. I have an idea that I liked the heliotrope angle of Serge Lutens Datura Noir, and I still have that sample around somewhere too. What have I missed?
Anybody else ever grow heliotrope? (Please tell me they’re easy.) And I’d love to hear whether heliotrope is a favorite note of yours or not. If you love a heliotrope-centric fragrance, please share!